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Thermodynamics, Thermal Radiation and the Beginnings of Modern Physics

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The beginnings of Quantum Physics is introduced in such a manner as to present a continuity of effort between "classical" and "quantum" physics. This paper was written in 1981 and looks at the specific problem of the energy spectrum of a black body source in thermal equilibrium, the 1900 discoveries by Max Planck, and the transfer of energy at an atomic scale.
Max Planck never believed that his 1900 paper was all that revolutionary. If one were to look for a comparable achievement it would be Stefan reviewing the Petit-Dulong data and arriving at his T to the fourth power law, the Stefan-Boltzmann Law which would later be explained using Planck's black body energy spectrum.


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